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replacement, so that all of the folks currently living there have a place in the new development. where they can go, that is appropriately sized, et cetera. and that there is good monitoring and tracking. so that this time people just don't kind of fall through the cracks and not end up back, sort of for administrative or bureaucratic reasons and the other thing that is important about this legislation that is an added right. is that there is an appeal process that will be setup. as of now, even though there are some federally given relocation rights if they are violated, people have little recourse. , but a lawsuit and what this would do is actually make a very simple process where people can go to the rent board and appeal their case, if they thought their relocation rights were violated. so we wanted to point out that is a very new
and important piece that this legislation offers. >> thank you, next speaker. >> my name is mr. lavell shaw. i support the right to return policy, too. but i also want to make it clear on residents, on the good standing process. because we do not have it clear about what they mean by "good standing." because that could mean various things. to make it clear, so when we make the right to return policy we make it clear on what "good standing" means for the residents? a lot of lo income residents stated as before, african-americans and that is who i represent, the african-american population, the majority and pacific islanders populations. i i think people should know that and san francisco should know we have been driven from our neighborhoods. all of the people in our neighbors are not bad. so we need to have the right to rush policy, return policy, because
we want to stay in neighbors that we were born and raised in and have the same rights as another neighborhoods any other speakers? thank you our mayor owes office of housing and the housing authority as well. thank you for being here. supervisor cohen? >> thank you. so one of the current speakers earlier spoke of having a voucher and being able to return. i assume you are talking about a certificate of preference? >> [ inaudible ] [ inaudible ] >> the voucher i was referring to is under the previous
program, what has happened is that tenants are given a voucher that isn't enough to pay rent in san francisco. so people are forced to find someplace where the rent is cheap enough to use the voucher. so the right to return would be a different system that would provide -- it doesn't specify what kind of housing would be provided in the interim, but what it's specific on is after the new building was completed the tenant would be able to return and live in that building, and wouldn't be forced to relocation completely out of city. >> thank you. one of the things that i find interesting is when people talk about the african-american experience in san francisco and out-migration and one key point i hope to drive home, when we talk about economic development, we also talk about it in context of workforce development. when we talk about our budget situation where we are in the city, we also talk about cuts
by virtue of simultaneously talking about revenue. when we talk about the african-american out-mike migration rarely do we talk about recruitment and retention. when we begin to talk to developers about who they use to market and where they market? that really has a significant impact as to which audience they are actually capturing? now if the city was truly interested in increasing the african-american population, then i would put that the city needs to take the initiative, as well as lead developers. when we are marketing these new rental units on the market, that we are advertising in
ebony and essence and jet and some of the african-american journals, publications and associations, so we're able to capturethis community, this market. you said yourself 25% live in public housing. there is an unbelievable amount of wealth within the african-american community, as well as education. when we look at thriving cities like atlanta, washington, d.c., chicago -- i won't use detroit because that is a different situation. but really my rant does have a point. my point is that we really need to get serious about this outmigration. task forces have said it and there is only so much government can do and we really need to begin to hold our private partners accessible.
if you are truly look to recruel talented african-americans to come and live in this city, to work for our corporations, to establish businesses then we need to go and speak to them where they are. thank you. >> thank you. supervisor olague? >> yes, i just wanted to thank supervisor cohen for her comments. because we don't talk about inmigration enough and then sometimes when we have talked about the local hiring around construction, i wonder how do we make sure some that some of those folks from the community, who have been displaced or who are part of the outmigration, how can they access some of those jobs? so i think there are more conversations that we need to have around that sort of thing, but thank you for your comments. >> thank you. >> i think that my understanding is that this gentleman asked about the who
is being excluded from the right to return legislation? i think the only households that i understand would be excluded would be those who have been evicted. so if you have not been evicted, i think then you could be considered for return to your homes. you know? that is my understanding. >> supervisor cohen. >> thank you very much. this is something that i forget to mention and i'm also a co-sponsor on this, too. as we are less than 90 days with the rebuild of hunters view. we have had zero displacement and we're getting ready within the next 80 plus days to welcome new families into their units. but what mr. shaw was talking about is what exactly does "good standing" mean? so "good standing" and this is for the record, this is where i'm concerned. there is a culture that is sometimes developed in housing where people have been able to get away with not paying their
rent. now i understand that we have changed that and we now have the accounting practices to keep people in -- keep better records. but in that vein people in housing are going through a process, the tenants going through a process it become fiscally healthy and understand how to manage their dollars. yes, there is a code of ethicks that did details in writing what is "good standing," and i'm sensitive to what mr. shaw was saying it's a little nebulous about what exactly. arbitrary and i think the arbitrariness that mr. shaw is concerned about and i am concerned with. the housing authority folks are here. >> if i miss finish, supervisor.
sorry about that. >> that is okay. because it's not so much up to the housing authority. >> right. >> because as it relates to hunters view, the property apartment is going to be relinquished from the housing [tho-rts/] to john stewart. so in that transition, what if any changes will be made to that "standard of good standing?" >> yes. >> that is a little bit unclear and we within the to make sure and ensure had a every resident that is there now and any unit of housing, when the transition happens from the housing authority to the private management company. that no one is lost or as we heard earlier today, falls through the cracks in the midst of that transition. >> thank you. supervisor olague, did you want to ask mr. alvarez? >> again, thank you, mr. alvarez and kyle, i forgot your
last flame, for [tpha*-eufpl/], for name of for all of your assistance. i have heard a lot of concerns around displacement at those sites. so i don't know if you could len to this. >> supervisor, thank you, henry alvarez from the housing authority. i don't know much about marcus gardens. we don't manage those, but in hunters view the notion of right to return and we believe that is an important clarification that and distinction that needs to be made is simply if you are not evicted or being evicted, you will have the right to return. once the buildings are done and reoccupied they will no longer be under the housing
authority's management. so the issue becomes simply a third party manager trying to manage those properties. different from what we do now, because they will be debt-laden. so the resources this they recover from rent will be used to pay their debt payment. and there will be substantial amounts of debt on those properties. whereas in our current public housing facilities, there is no debt that we have to pay. there is just the general maintenance and upkeep is what we typically use our rents for. so on the other side of the aisle, when the third party management takes over, not only must they have enough resources to pay that debt, but they must have enough resources to do the ongoing maintenance and capital improvements. so in those record there's is going -- regards there is going to be significant pressure to collect
those rents. so at hope sf, we're reeducating that planning, and other lifestyle and to answer supervisor cohen as question, i don't imagine that. we continue to have safety net provisions so that if individuals are unable to meet the transformation in these areas about how we would place a safety net to protect those clients. we envision when we're all done and those provisions will be in place and vetted. and i think they will be acceptable this that no one will generally be displaced for their inability to transform
into the new moil, which is not the model that we talked about under hope 6, in fact, san francisco you will be leading the nation with this right to return process and one for one reblame. no one else in the country is doing that. >> it's brilliant. it's good. >> thank you. >> supervisor olague. >> i was wondering director lee if you had anything to add to that? then i was going to ask ann marie rogers to give a report back from the planning commission meeting. >> as director alvarez says, this is leading the nation and this is one of those things, which i call "only in san francisco." i do want to make it clear that hope sf always had the principle of right to
return. it was clearly a principle on when the process of hope sf was built upon and a foundation in which we're moving forward. so we clearly support the legislation. and it really is very, very different than what other communities have done in rebuilding distressed public housing. we're fortunate at hunters view and at alice griffith that we have adjacent parcels and lower density so we can have on-site relocation. so we're not going to lose people from that elocation process, giving them vouchers and moving them anywhere in either the city or across the bay as the [ka-euts/] case the might be. we should be able to contain
all the residents in housing and not leaving the site for temporary relocation as the case may be. the mayor's office supports the amended legislation and look forward seeing you at the opening of hadn'ters view. in the very near future. new families will be moving in prior to thanksgiving, but not quite sure when we'll have the opening event, but it's very different than what the rest of the country is doing. san francisco should be proud had a we're doing that in the manner and we hope to be continuing this work at alice grifth, for which we got a choice neighborhood grant. we look forward to working hopefully at potrero.
>> thank you sahara showered. >> emily rogers from the planning department staff. you are all familiar to how the code are referred for input and you may not beware that other municipal code changes may be referred from the clerks to the department. in this case, the commission heard about this ordinance and they proactively wanted to weigh in. they knew that they had some hope sf entitlements coming before them and wanted to ensure that the city does this right. so i'm looking at the ordinance last week, the commission voted 7-0 to recommend endorsement of the policy for the right to return ordinance. and that is my report. thank you. >> yes, supervisor cohen? so let me just thank everyone for testifying. thank you to
supervisors olague and cohen. he did know some of the familis families from the hope 6 project and i know that did displace a number of folks and i know that hope sf has learned from the past and i would like to be added as a co-sponsor. i know we have an amendment today. we're going to continue the item because of the substantive amendment. supervisor olague. >> i will just go through the amendments. >> you are going to read the amendments for the record and then we'll change them [stkpwh-fplt/] change the current tenant definite to current household and this change is accepted and revised and the intent is to consider all members of a household as one household for the purposes of the right to return. remove the prior tenant's definition. this change is accepted since
the right to return would be extended to residents that are considered by existing law to be displaced temporary or permanently. add the term "comparable to the definition of, "replacement units." this change is accepted and revised in order to mintain consistency with federal law. remove "relocation apeas board," references. this change is accepted in two parts. for the purposes of he relocation plan review, the appeals reference was removed and replaced with "the city funding agency." any project that is funded by a city agency will require that agency to review the relocation plan for compliance with local polices and issue a non-binding advisory statement. all relocation claim appeals will be heard about an administrative law just from the rent stabilization and arbitration board.
language was added in order to authorize the board to conduct hearings. and time change public housing development project definition to "hope sf public housing development project." this change was not accepted. it's the goal of the legislation to provide the right to return to all public housing residents that are being displaced. >> thank you. so if there is no discussion on the amendments, colleagues, can we take those amendments without objection? great, thank you, [ gavel ] >> and can we continue this item until next week, which is our land use committee meeting? it will actually be october 15th, october 8th is a holiday. colleagues can we continue to this our next meeting to october 15th without objection? [ gavel ] . thank you. miss miller, are there necessity other items before us? >> no, there are no further matters. >> thank you everyone.
when a resident of san francisco is looking for health care, you look in your neighborhood first. what is closest to you? if you come to a neighborhood health center or a clinic, you then have access it a system of care in the community health network. we are a system of care that was probably based on the family practice model, but it was really clear that there are special populations with special needs. the cole street clinic is a youth clinic in the heart of
the haight ashbury and they target youth. tom woodell takes care of many of the central city residents and they have great expertise in providing services for many of the homeless. potrero hill and southeast health centers are health centers in those particular communities that are family health centers, so they provide health care to patients across the age span. . >> many of our clients are working poor. they pay their taxes. they may run into a rough patch now and then and what we're able to provide is a bridge towards getting them back on their feet. the center averages about 14,000 visits a year in the health clinic alone. one of the areas that we specialize in is family medicine, but the additional focus of that is is to provide care to women and children. women find out they're pregnant, we talk to them about
the importance of getting good prenatal care which takes many visits. we initially will see them for their full physical to determine their base line health, and then enroll them in prenatal care which occurs over the next 9 months. group prenatal care is designed to give women the opportunity to bond during their pregnancy with other women that have similar due dates. our doctors here are family doctors. they are able to help these women deliver their babies at the hospital, at general hospital. we also have the wic program, which is a program that provides food vouchers for our families after they have their children, up to age 5 they are able to receive food vouchers to get milk and cereal for their children. >> it's for the city, not only our clinic, but the city. we have all our children in san francisco should have insurance now because if they are low
income enough, they get medical. if they actually have a little more assets, a little more income, they can get happy family. we do have family who come outside of our neighborhood to come on our clinic. one thing i learn from our clients, no matter how old they are, no matter how little english they know, they know how to get to chinatown, meaning they know how to get to our clinic. 85 percent of our staff is bilingual because we are serving many monolingual chinese patients. they can be child care providers so our clients can go out and work. >> we found more and more women of child bearing age come down with cancer and they have kids
and the kids were having a horrible time and parents were having a horrible time. how do parents tell their kids they may not be here? what we do is provide a place and the material and support and then they figure out their own truth, what it means to them. i see the behavior change in front of my eyes. maybe they have never been able to go out of boundaries, their lives have been so rigid to sort of expressing that makes tremendous changes. because we did what we did, it is now sort of a nationwide model. >> i think you would be surprised if you come to these clinics. many of them i think would be your neighbors if you knew that. often times we just don't discuss that. we treat husband and wife and they bring in their kids or we treat the grandparents and then the next generation. there are people who come in who need treatment for their heart disease or for their diabetes or their high blood
pressure or their cholesterol or their hepatitis b. we actually provide group medical visits and group education classes and meeting people who have similar chronic illnesses as you do really helps you understand that you are not alone in dealing with this. and it validates the experiences that you have and so you learn from each other. >> i think it's very important to try to be in tune with the needs of the community and a lot of our patients have -- a lot of our patients are actually immigrants who have a lot of competing priorities, family issues, child care issues, maybe not being able to find work or finding work and not being insured and health care sometimes isn't the top priority for them. we need to understand that so that we can help them take care of themselves physically and emotionally to deal with all these other things.
they also have to be working through with people living longer and living with more chronic conditions i think we're going to see more patients coming through. >> starting next year, every day 10,000 people will hit the age of 60 until 2020. . >> the needs of the patients that we see at kerr senior center often have to do with the consequences of long standing substance abuse and mental illness, linked to their chronic diseases. heart failure, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, stroke, those kinds of chronic illnesses. when you get them in your 30's and 40's and you have them into your aging process, you are not going to have a comfortable old age. you are also seeing in terms of
epidemics, an increase in alzheimer's and it is going to increase as the population increases. there are quite a few seniors who have mental health problems but they are also, the majority of seniors, who are hard-working, who had minimum wage jobs their whole lives, who paid social security. think about living on $889 a month in the city of san francisco needing to buy medication, one meal a day, hopefully, and health care. if we could provide health care early on we might prevent (inaudible) and people would be less likely to end up in the emergency room with a drastic outcome. we could actually provide prevention and health care to people who had no other way of getting health care, those without insurance, it might be more cost effectiti
>> good afternoon, i'll call to order this meeting of the san francisco board of supervisors government audit oversight committee, i am supervisor scott wiener, i'm sitting in for supervisor mark farrell, to my right is supervisor carmen chu bho is sitting in for supervisor elsbernd, we're joined with supervisor compos, i would like to acknowledge and thank sfgtv staff for broadcasting today's hearing and our clerk